Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

Reports have indicated that a cougar who killed a mountain biker and attacked another one near Seattle may have been emaciated.

Myers identified the deceased victim, a 32-year-old Seattle resident, as S.J. Brooks.

The cougar attack occurred on an isolated mountain road near North Bend, about 30 miles east of Seattle.

The cougar ran off, but it returned and attacked when the men got back on their bikes.

He was listed as being in a serious condition but was alert and talking, Harborview Medical Centre said in a statement.

Capt. Alan Myers of the state's Fish & Wildlife Police says agents using a hound-dog tracker shot and killed the cougar shortly before 3 p.m., the Seattle Times reported.

Myers said the carcass of the cougar was transported Sunday to Washington State University in Pullman, where a veterinarian will conduct a brain necropsy to determine if the cougar was sick. He rode 2 miles to get cell phone reception to call 911. As wildlife officials approached them, the cougar ran from the scene, a King County Sheriff's Office spokesperson tells CBS News.

The second cyclist ran, and the animal dropped the first victim and pounced on him, killing him and dragging him back to what appeared to be its den.

Agents with the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police tracked and killed this cougar that is believed responsible for attacking two mountain bikers in the woods northeast of Snoqualmie on Saturday
Related 1 bicyclist dead 1 hurt in cougar attack near Snoqualmie Two attacked by cougar identified wildlife officials say predator was ‘emaciated

Wildlife officials surround the cougar. "It'll be unbiased", said Rich Beausoleil, the state's bear and cougar specialist.

- If in the very unusual event that a cougar attacks you, fight back with rocks, sticks, tools or any items available.

The cougar was eventually found up in a tree 200 yards away from the den, Myers said.

When the two cyclists first encountered the cougar, they attempted to scare the animal off by making noise and swinging a bike at it - which is what wildlife officials recommend - but the animal persisted.

Sgt Abbott said rescuers took about 30 minutes to locate the second victim, who was dead with the cougar standing on top of him. The last fatal attack was in 1924.

It's now unclear just why the mountain lion returned to attack the two Washington cyclists.

While cougars' goal is to be stealthy as possible, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says they receive hundreds of calls about sightings each year.

While they are sometimes known to kill livestock or pets, and though one even found its way into a park in Seattle in 2009, encounters with people in Washington state are rare. "This was an animal that was not healthy, and in its last attempts to try to survive did something it ordinarily wouldn't".

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